Accessing static data of functions

Tejas notrealemail at
Tue Oct 19 11:28:29 UTC 2021

On Thursday, 14 October 2021 at 14:21:21 UTC, Ogi wrote:
> Is there any way to get/set static variables defined in 
> functions from the outside? Also, is there any way to access 
> the types defined inside in function to get/set their static 
> members?
> I’m writing a game engine that should support a dynamic plugin 
> system similar to what Manu Evans described in his [Using D 
> Alongside a Game Engine]( talk. 
> Basically, game objects are defined in modules to be compiled 
> as DLLs and loaded dynamically. This allows making 
> modifications without even restarting the game. Plugin manager 
> detects a modification in a plugin source file, serializes all 
> game objects into text, unloads a DLL, recompiles it, loads it 
> again and deserialize the game objects back.
> So far so good, I’m now able to serialize/deserialize game 
> objects (including private fields), and any global variables 
> defined in a plugin, and any static members of the types 
> defined in a plugin. But I don’t know what to do with the stuff 
> that could be defined inside of a function, I can’t find any 
> trait or a template that could access it.

Seeing the turn this thread has taken, could you file an 
enhancement request at bugzilla for this particular case? It 
doesn't seem like it was a design choice to disable your 
requested behaviour, nor will it break anything.

Hopefully a like-minded individual can make a PR.

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